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Home Remedies for Sore Throat
Almost everyone gets a sore throat at one time or another. Children, especially, get it more often than adults. Sore throat is most commonly caused by a virus, and to a lesser extent by bacteria which then can develop into a serious disease. But how would you know whether it is a viral infection or a bacterial one? If your lasts more than a few days or if it is accompanied by fever, nausea, or abdominal pain, see a doctor. In other cases, sore throat heals soon enough without complications and can be easily treated with ingredients from your kitchen.

What is Sore Throat?

A Sore Throat is a painful feeling in the throat aggravated by swallowing. Bacteria or virus causes sore throat, medically known as Pharyngitis. Most often it will be a symptom of an underlying illness like cold, flu, mumps, tonsillitis etc. Sore throat is named, depending on the area where the pain is, like:

Pharyngitis
Epiglottitis
Laryngitis
Tonsillitis

Common Causes of Sore Throat

Viral infection
Bacterial infection
Fungal infection
Smoking
Shouting
Allergies

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

For quick relief from sore throat, you can try the following home remedies:

1. Drink ginger tea. You can prepare ginger tea by adding a one-inch long crushed piece of ginger in the water and boiling it for two to three minutes, and then preparing the tea as you normally would.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Ginger Tea

2. Warm chamomile tea also relieves throat pain as it fights inflammation. Steep two tea bags in one cup boiling water and sip the tea. You can add honey if you want it sweet.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Warm Chamomile Tea

3. Inhale fragrances of essential oils. Use any essential oils you have at home. It could be lavender, thyme, sandalwood, eucalyptus, etc.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Essential Oils

4. Gargle with a mixture of water, salt, and turmeric. This is a very effective home remedy for relieving pain, plus, the ingredients are available 24x7 in all kitchens. Add one tea-spoon of salt and a pinch of turmeric to 8 ounce of warm water. The mixture should not be hot or you might scald your throat.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Gargle with a mixture of Water, Salt, and Turmeric

5. Boil tulsi / basil leaves in water and drink that water. Alternatively, gargle with that water while it’s warm.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Boiled Tulsi Leaves Water

6. Sip a decoction of Indian spices. It’s not as weird as it sounds. Just grind a teaspoon each of fennel seeds, black pepper corn, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and dry ginger (sauth), mix them and simmer the powder in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Strain and drink the solution while it’s still hot / warm.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Indian Spices

7. Sip a cup of warm water containing a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice. It’s a great remedy for sore throats.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Honey and Lemon Juice


8. If you don’t have any of the spices mentioned above, just a tablespoon of honey can also serve the purpose to certain extent. After all, honey is a natural antibiotic. However, honey is best avoided for children below two years of age.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Honey - Natural Antibiotic

9. Suck on hard candy. It can soothe your throat by keeping it moist. It can be a choking hazard for young children, so avoid giving lozenges to kids below age four.

10. Eating can be difficult if you have a sore throat. Hot and sour chicken soup will not only soothe the pain but will also ensure that you're getting the nutrients to fight inflammation.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Hot and Sour Chicken Soup

11. An age-old remedy for sore throat is steam inhaling. Heat a pot of water, lean over the pot. Place a towel over your head so as to tent the steam and keep the steam in. Breathe in the steam with your mouth too. Take adequate precautions to protect yourself from the pot and the water.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat: Steam Inhaling

Rest a lot and drink plenty of fluids. It will keep your throat moist and soothe your throat. Moreover, fluids can wash away any bacteria lingering in your throat. And, very importantly, DON’T smoke or use tobacco products.

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bhoopandergiri
I am Assistant Professor, When I speak (give power point presentation) for 10 -15 minitues continously my throat gets irritated (redness and mild pain) and after 2-3 days it under goes full throat infection (coughing, pain, headach and mild fiver). For that I have to take antobiotic like Amoxicillin, Ciprofloxicin etc. It ia repeatedly heapening for last three years.
bhoopandergiri  Thursday, August 13, 2009

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